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Pronunciation: spyu'tum, -ta


  1. Expectorated matter, especially mucus or mucopurulent matter expectorated in diseases of the air passages.
  2. An individual mass of such matter.

[L. sputum, fr. spuo, pp. sputus, to spit]

See Also: expectoration1

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